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How To Dress For A Run When It’s Really Cold

As the merchandising manager of apparel for Brooks Running, it’s Bennett Grimes’ job to obsess about runners’ comfort when it comes to clothes. Here he shares his insider tips on dressing properly when the temperature drops below 20 degrees.

What You Need To Wear
Tank Top
Long Sleeve or Wicking Hoodie
Loose Pant

“This is how you know if you’re hardcore!” says Grimes. Again start with the tank and add a long-sleeve or wicking hoodie. Over that Grimes likes adding a vest to insulate your core: “That’s the most important place on the body to keep warm.” Top with a jacket and a hat if you don’t have a hood. If it’s below 10 degrees, add a loose pant over your running tights. Gloves or mittens are a must and a balaclava may be helpful to warm the air.

Related: Why You Should Exercise Outdoors In The Winter

Jessica Sebor

Jessie Sebor is the Vice President of Women's Running at Competitor Group. After finishing her first marathon at age 18, Jessie has run everywhere from Singapore to Prague and competed in hundreds of races including the Boston Marathon and the Bare Dare, for which she won the title of National Nude Running Champion. Jessie’s work appears at, Ultrarunning Magazine and has been selected for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. A former romance novel editor, it’s at Women’s Running where her true passions lie. You can reach her at